Thomas Ryckewaert (BE)
Theatre maker and actor Thomas Ryckewaert lives and works in Antwerp. He studied biology and philosophy at the KULeuven and dramatic arts at the theatre academy Dora van der Groen. Thomas’ work balances on the borders between theatre, dance and installation. In his recent productions he explores the dramatic potential of everyday actions. His work has been described as poetical, radical, visual and ritual. As a freelance actor he frequently works for theatre, film and television. He worked at the BUDA-studio’s before, creating Genesis, Portrait and Golem.
In a laboratory, a group of researchers combine their forces to conduct a groundbreaking experiment. They are on a quest for science's holy grail: immortality. But their attempt to crack the code of life seems to spiral into an obsession. They see monsters being born out of objects, other people, themselves.
In Golem Thomas Ryckewaert gets to work with The Homunculus of Maimonides, a 14th century Jewish legend. Maimonides, a notorious man of science, is looking for the secret of creation - hoping to outwit death. Using a stilled, filmic imagery, Ryckewaert combines contemporary science and an age-old human ambition. The desire to create (eternal) life goes hand in hand with a coeval fear: the creation of something that outflanks us. It's a theme that has been fascinating man for ages: from the mythical Golem, passing by Frankenstein to artificial intelligence. A visual performance on the small border between creation and destruction, between reason and fear.
Photo Golem © Susan Derges, courtesy of Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
Premiere: 9.12.16 – deSingel Antwerp